Abu Dhabi: If having exciting premieres and gala screenings wasn't enough for film enthusiasts, the 2009 Middle East International Film Festival is now offering the chance for people to learn some secrets of the film industry.

Celebrated films composers will be revealing just how they create some of the stunning soundtracks that have become the norm in many films in three special Master Classes. Among the speakers is Tehran-born Deyhim, a dancer, composer and vocal artist whose work has appeared on soundtracks including Martin Scorsese's The Last Temptation of Christ.

For those who are more interested in the role of film archives in today's world, then the fourth Master Class is just the ticket. Paolo Cherchi Usai, author, film historian, and director of the Silent Film Festival in Pordenone, Italy will be presenting a fascinating lecture on the challenges being faced in the attempt to preserve moving images of the preceding century. Did you know that over 80 per cent of the films made before 1930 no longer exist?

All the classes will be held in the MEIFF Festival Tent on the main terrace behind the Emirates Palace Hotel. Watch this space for more information!